2 Men Arrested for Stealing Over $1,500 in Merchandise from Walmart

Jasper (NNDC):

Two Kentucky men are in jail after allegedly stealing items from the Jasper Walmart Thursday, according to a statement released by Indiana State Police.

“On May 7, 2020, Indiana State Police (ISP) Detective, Brock Werne, was contacted by Walmart security in Jasper, and given a description of a male subject that had just stolen items from Walmart. Detective Werne contacted the Jasper City Police for assistance locating the vehicle. The vehicle was located in the Rural King parking lot in Jasper.

Jasper City Police detained two males subjects for Detective Werne as part of the investigation. The two males were identified by Detective Werne as the subjects that had stolen the items from Walmart. Detective Werne then took both subjects into custody and they were transported to the Dubois County Security Center. All items stolen from Walmart were recovered and returned to the store. The total retail amount of the items stolen was $1,547.93.”

One of the subjects was identified as Artis L. Bunch of Kentucky.  Bunch was also found to have other warrants out for his arrest. Those warrants were from Vanderburgh County for Possession of Methamphetamine a Level 6 Felony, an additional two counts of Felony Theft, and 3 counts of Misdemeanor Theft.

The second subject was James Manion. Manion was the driver of the vehicle used to transport the pair from one crime scene to the next. Manion had also allegedly altered the license plate on the vehicle in an attempt to deceive authorities.

Werne is investigating the possibility that the subjects have committed similar crimes in the area.

Both subjects were arrested and housed in the Dubois County Security Center.